BOSTON – Starting the conference portion of the schedule couldn't slow down the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team. The Wildcats remained undefeated and still haven't dropped a set in 2016 as they routed Suffolk 3-0 (25-8, 25-8, 25-13) on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 8-0, 1-0 GNAC
Suffolk: 3-2, 0-1 GNAC
Only Boston rush hour traffic could slow down the Wildcats. A Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) kill put JWU up 10-4 in the first set then Johnson & Wales went on a 10-1 run that was capped by a Starsha Tunstall (East Providence, RI) ace. Suffolk got within 15-6 in the second stanza, before the Wildcats ended the set on a 10-2 run that included a pair of kills and a block from middle blocker Emily Kalmink (Byron City, Mich.).
Kalmink and Coniglio led the way as they each had a match-high nine kills. Kalmink had one of her best all-around games of the season as she hit .533 and added five blocks and two aces. The top hitting team in the country, Johnson & Wales dominated both sides of the net, hitting .316 while limiting the Rams to -.108.
Freshman setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) continued to disturb the ball well as five different players had four or more kills as part of a 33-13 margin in kills. Frank had 18 assists even though she only played the first two sets. Classmate Gianna Esposito (Larkspur, Calif.) topped all players with 13 digs as the Wildcats out-dug the Rams, 40-31. JWU was also effective from the service line, racking up 16 aces.
The Wildcats continue their three-game road swing with Keene State on Thursday at 7 p.m.